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Letter to Mayor Jim Watson

Letter to Mayor Jim Watson

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A letter from Genivar about the Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge
A letter from Genivar about the Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge

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2611 Queensview Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K2B 8K2Tel: 613-829-2800 ~ Fax: 613-829-8299 ~ www.genivar.com
October 10
th
, 2013
Via Courier
Mayor Jim WatsonCity of OttawaCity of Ottawa
 –
 
Mayor’s Office
 110 Laurier Avenue WestOttawa, ON K1P 1J1RE: ISD11-5024 Hunt Club Community Pathway ConnectionDear Mayor Watson,We are writing in response to the press conference held by the City of Ottawa on Friday October 4
th
,2013
regarding the Hunt Club Community Pathway Connection Bridge (“project”).
GENIVAR is very
disappointed that the City’s representatives
issued inaccurate and false representations regardingGENIVAR and would like to take this opportunity to clarify some key important issues.
Pursuant to the contract with the City, GENIVAR’s role was limited to
provide design related servicesduring construction. It was the City
’s
responsibility to supervise and oversee the constructionadministration of the project. GENIVAR was available to provide
technical support for construction
onan as needed basis and did so upon request.In June 2013, after 24 months of construction the City unilaterally chose to undertake an independentreview of the project which took more than 8 weeks to complete. The review resulted in 5recommendations that were presented to GENIVAR on August 26, 2013 with formal instructions tomodify the design accordingly. It is important to underscore, that the independent review did not findany errors or omissions with the initial design.The recommendations
were predominately outside the scope of GENIVAR’s obligations
pursuant to thecontract. However, GENIVAR was prepared to undertake them in an effort to co
operate with the City’s
request. A meeting was held on August 29, 2013 to discuss the recommendations.The purpose of the August 29
th
, 2013 meeting was to ensure that there was a common understanding of what would be required to move forward with the redesign. The principal point discussed at themeeting was the development of a Release and to ensure that all parties agreed to the overall principalsof how to move forward. The meeting achieved just that, and GENIVAR was encouraged by
the City’s
willingness to work cooperatively. The City even requested GENIVAR to start preparing a budget for theredesign.The very next day, on August 30
th
, 2013, the City surprisingly
suspended GENIVAR’s
services, despite theencouraging meeting on August 29
th
, 2013.
Official termination of GENIVAR’s services was given on

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